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Fountain Court Chambers
FOUNTAIN COURT, TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 9DH
England

London Bar > Aviation Tier 1

Fountain Court Chambers is regarded as ‘an impressive set and a go-to for aviation’ with expertise in a range of commercial disputes including redelivery, leasing and aircraft purchase agreements. The set is also experienced in aviation claims involving disaster, catastrophic loss and damage. Akhil Shah KC acted for Goshawk in relation to leasing disputes concerning a Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Michael McLaren KC has acted for Olympic Council of Asia in a claim for damages arising from a purchase agreement for an executive jet. Bankim Thanki KC and Rosalind Phelps KC are frequently instructed by major airlines and regulators while John Taylor KC is acting for Ryanair in a Commercial Court action. Giles Robertson  focuses on civil fraud and banking matters in this space.

Rising stars

Niamh ClearyFountain Court Chambers ‘Niamh is an absolute ball of energy and is an extraordinarily talented barrister-a real star in the making.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicolas DamnjanovicFountain Court Chambers ‘Nick is immensely hard working, an intellectual powerhouse, a good advocate, very well organised and through in his research and application of the law and savvy procedurally and tactically.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Akhil Shah KCFountain Court Chambers ‘He is a very convincing advocate and has the ability to put key points across in a clear and persuasive way.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Bankim Thanki KCFountain Court Chambers 'One of only a small number of the very top commercial silks with real expertise and experience in the aviation field. Intellectually, he stands out from the rest of the field; and his oral and written advocacy are equally outstanding.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Rosalind Phelps KCFountain Court Chambers ‘She is a very convincing advocate and produces excellent advice, both on paper and in cons. Really responsive and gets to grips with the detail of a case from the outset.'
Ranked: Tier 2
John Taylor KCFountain Court ChambersJohn is hugely dedicated to his craft. He carefully analyses the issues and advocates with great effect and tenacity in court. His written advice is clear and he distils complex issues. He works collaboratively with solicitors. A superb tactician.
Ranked: Tier 2
Charles Béar KC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is an impressive and forceful advocate, and a formidable opponent.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Cutress KCFountain Court Chambers ‘He is phenomenally bright with an amazing ability to dissect extremely complicated issues and present them in a clear way which is easy to understand.'
Ranked: Tier 3

2022 Silks

Alexander Milner KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Alex is extremely responsive and provides very clear commercial advice. Clients respond very well to him and so do the judges. He is a politely forceful advocate and a very effective one at that.’
Alexander Milner KCFountain Court ChambersAlexander is outstanding in all respects and a real star. He is exceptionally bright. He gets to grips with really difficult issues very quickly and has the ability to see a way round problematic points.

Leading Juniors

Giles RobertsonFountain Court Chambers ‘He is an intellectual powerhouse, superb on thinking up imaginative arguments, outstanding on paper, and a very talented advocate. He will go very far and is already established as a trusted adviser by the aviation litigation community.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
David Murray - Fountain Court ChambersDavid has a real eye for technical detail but without losing focus on the overall picture.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Fountain court has a reputation for aviation work that is second to none in my opinion.’

‘Fountain Court Chambers is generally reckoned to be the leading aviation set.’

‘The set is extremely strong and justifiably has a reputation for providing a Rolls Royce service. They are my first choice for aviation work, particularly higher value cases.’

‘Brilliant set- the premier set for aviation litigation-strength in depth at all levels.’

‘Excellent. Fountain Court is the best aviation finance practice by far.’

Clerking

‘Both Alfie Harper and Fraser Linning were responsive at short notice and very helpful.’

Work highlights

    London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 1

    Fountain Court Chambers is ‘the pre-eminent set for banking litigation‘ with ‘strength and depth all the way up and down the list of members‘. While the set’s members regularly act on the market’s largest banking disputes, clients note that ‘they are always also happy to assist with the smaller matters‘. A major recent case was Law Debenture v Ukraine, a claim brought by the Russian state concerning a $3bn eurobond loan default, in which Bankim Thanki KC and Simon Atrill  represented Ukraine before the Supreme Court, whose judgment was pending at time of writing. In Federal Republic of Nigeria v JP Morgan Chase, Rosalind Phelps KC and David Murray are defending JP Morgan against a US$870m claim relating to bank deposits made as part of an allegedly corrupt oil deal involving Malabu Oil and Gas, a company linked to disgraced Sane Abacha-era Nigerian oil minister Dan Etete.

    Rising stars

    Ian BergsonFountain Court Chambers ‘Exceptionally thorough and detailed. He gets into the weeds of the matter, is intellectually curious and not afraid to challenge.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Max EvansFountain Court ChambersMax is a great young barrister, he is very efficient and can produce submissions of great quality in a very limited time. He demonstrated good strategical thinking and ability to plan the strategy ahead of the opponents.'
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Silks

    Patricia Robertson KCFountain Court ChambersA senior silk who gets to grip early on with the detail of the papers. She works hard, thinks creatively and clearly, and inspires confidence from her team and clients and from the court because she’s on top of the detail. Extremely bright, and doesn’t put a foot wrong.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Richard Coleman KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Superb for banking work. One of the best out there for the claimant side. Huge trial experience and is very user friendly and good to work with.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Richard Handyside KCFountain Court ChambersRichard’s strengths are his breadth of practice (i.e. financial regulatory combined with the civil litigation), clarity of legal thought and explanation to the client. Very user friendly, collaborative. Would be top of the list for any banking related matter.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Andrew Mitchell KCFountain Court ChambersAndrew is one of the best commercial and banking silks at the Bar; a brilliant advocate, he always has the ear of the court, no matter how difficult his cases or clients. He combines first rate legal knowledge with brilliant judgement and understanding of the client’s perspective. A first port of call for any difficult point and a fabulous team leader.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    David Railton KCFountain Court Chambers ‘In a league of his own in banking (and so much else); he is the master strategist, always five moves ahead of his opponents.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Bankim Thanki KCFountain Court Chambers ‘He’s now one of the star players at the commercial Bar specialising in banking and finance; and rightly so. Throughout an illustrious career at the Bar, he has done more high-profile banking cases than almost anyone else and knows the industry better than anyone. He’s a true banking specialist.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Jeffrey Chapman KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Jeff is an exceptional barrister, providing a complete package of heaveyweight brain power, persausive advocacy and exemplary client handling skills. Alongside that, Jeff is a pleasure to work with, spends significant time debating legal issues/strategic positions with the solicitor side team and really brings team ethos to large scale, all encompassing disputes.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Patrick Goodall KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Paddy is a first rate advocate. He is exceptional on his feet- clear, calm and forceful.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Timothy Howe KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Tim is very hard-working: he immerses himself in the detail from the outset (i.e. not waiting until trial) and works alongside the junior rather than setting himself above.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Richard Lissack KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Richard is the smoothest and most user-friendly KCs. He delivers exceptionally clear advice in a confident manner that reassures clients. He also has the ear of the court. His understanding of regulatory, fraud, criminal and civil issues means he has a unique practice.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Derrick Dale KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Derrick has an excellent ability to see the big picture and appreciate how things will play out in a matter. He couples his excellent foresight with deep knowledge of the detail. He also has great integrity and is a gentleman at all times.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Rosalind Phelps KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Ros is perceptive and insightful. She focuses on the key issues to ensure that all advocacy is appropriately focused. Ros is very easy to deal with and demonstrates strong commercial awareness and an understanding of the pressures faced by financial institutions. She is practical and pragmatic.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Akhil Shah KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Akhil is a great team player. A good strategic thinker solicitors would trust on on any case.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ben Valentin KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Ben is top of the list of any new instruction. It is a pleasure to watch Ben in action in Court - his advocacy skills are unrivaled. He is not afraid of getting stuck into the detail and the drafting. A clear leader, with the ability to drive strategic outcomes, and an absolute delight to work with.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    John Taylor KCFountain Court Chambers ‘John is an exceptional oral advocate who commands the attention of the court and the judge. He carries himself with gravitas and each submission is put with deep-seated conviction.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Paul Sinclair KCFountain Court Chambers ‘He has the ability to make his client's case on the most complex issues appear to be both simple and obviously correct. Paul says things only once because he gets it right the first time.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Adam Zellick KC - Fountain Court Chambers 'Adam has a keen intellect, is very hard working, gets to grasp with issues very quickly and is very pleasant to deal with - Clients like him.' 
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Henry King KC - Fountain Court Chambers 'His accountancy background, work ethic, and keen eye for the details are potent assets in complex financial services and fraud cases, combined with his finely tuned sense of the killer points and how to deploy them. A team player without ego and an absolute pleasure to work with. A ruthlessly effective advocate with that uncanny knack for almost writing judges' judgments for them in the way he crafts his submissions.'
    Ranked: Tier 5

    2021 Silks

    Laura John KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Laura is a tenacious advocate and an extremely talented lawyer. Solicitors have been very impressed with her ability to cut through complex issues with elegance and precision. Laura exudes star quality and it is easy to see why she was recently elevated to silk.’

    2022 Silks

    Alexander Milner KCFountain Court ChambersThe go-to for banking and finance disputes. Advice is always clear and helpful. Recent Silk appointment very much deserved.'

    Leading Juniors

    Adam SherFountain Court Chambers ‘Accessible, interested in the issues and a genuine expert - particularly in misrepresentation and fraud. He is a forthright advocate and always puts the client's best foot forward.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Rupert AllenFountain Court ChambersA star in this area.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Simon AtrillFountain Court ChambersSimon combines superb judgement with an incisive ability to identify the crucial issues. A genuine star.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    James DuffyFountain Court Chambers ‘James is a top banking junior - he knows the market really well, is eminently sensible, and drafts brilliantly.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Nik YeoFountain Court Chambers ‘His advice is definitive and targeted whilst also accounting for the commercial realities facing the client. Excellent at adopting the correct tone for negotiations. Very affable and a pleasure to work with.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Marianne ButlerFountain Court Chambers ‘Excellent analytical skills, drafting skills and oral advocacy. Marianne is a pleasure to work with and fosters a strong sense of teamwork between solicitors and counsel.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Natasha BennettFountain Court Chambers ‘Very efficient and very smart. Gets into the detail while retaining an eye on the big picture - particularly good on detail of disclosure requirements.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    David MurrayFountain Court Chambers'Astute, on the ball, excellent technical skills.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Daniel EdmondsFountain Court Chambers ‘Top notch junior. Extremely hard working and a totally committed team member.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Craig UlyattFountain Court ChambersAn excellent barrister, especially for his call. A confident, strong, forthright advocate. He is very quick on his feet and a dynamic, proactive lawyer, with client's objectives always to the fore.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Testimonials

    Set

     ‘I work have worked with several counsel from Fountain Court, and they have all been excellent.  What I love about Fountain Court, in particular, in addition to the quality of the chambers they are always also happy to assist with the smaller matters.  Their juniors are also top notch.’

     ‘Fountain Court is without doubt one of the leading sets for financial services. They have genuine specialists at all levels of qualification and they are always on my short list when seeking counsel.’

     ‘I think that Fountain Court Chambers is THE pre-eminent set in this area. There is strength and depth all the way up and down the list of members. They are a delight to work with, user friendly and very down to earth.’

     ‘Fountain remain the pre-eminent set for Banking litigation.’

     ‘Fountain Court have enormous bench strength and can be counted on to provide top-tier advice.’

     Clerking

     ‘Very slick, very professional (especially Sian Huckett).

    London Bar > Commercial litigation Tier 1

    Fountain Court Chambers is ‘a stellar set of chambers that can offer both very capable juniors and well-respected and highly talented silks‘. The set’s impressive credentials stretch across several core areas, from high-end banking and finance disputes, through to civil and criminal fraud. A major instruction has been NMC Health Ltd & Ors v BR Shetty & Ors, in which Bankim Thanki KC is leading Nico Leslie, among others, for the joint administrators of the Middle Eastern healthcare company, NMC Health, involving claims against the founder and certain prominent former shareholders for fraud and embezzlement. In VTB Capital plc v Republic of Mozambique & Others, David Railton KC is leading Timothy Howe KC , Adam Sher  and Ian Bergson  for the claimant, in a dispute involving monetary claims against Mozambiquan borrowers, guaranteed by the Mozambique state.

    Rising stars

    Ian BergsonFountain Court Chambers ‘Ian has outstanding judgment and is a natural lawyer. He gets to grips with the significance of novel points of law in the most complex multi-jurisdictional litigations which makes him a must-have junior.'
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Silks

    David Railton KCFountain Court Chambers ‘An outstanding senior silk and team leader for the largest cases. Makes submissions with real substance and credibility.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Bankim Thanki KCFountain Court Chambers ‘A first-rate intellect; breath-takingly hard-working and always superbly well-prepared; an excellent cross-examiner in an unshowy but highly effective way; and all courts (from the High Court to the Supreme Court) have the greatest of respect for him. Really exceptional.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Charles Béar KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Charles is a formidable advocate. He is razor sharp. He combines an outstanding intellect with a willingness to adopt an aggressive litigation strategy. His oral advocacy is exceptional and he has a wonderful ability to think on his feet. There is no better cross-examiner in London and he really is the man you want on your side for a big court room battle.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Richard Handyside KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Calm polished and unflappable – a client’s dream silk.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Stuart Ritchie KCFountain Court ChambersSuperb all round commercial litigator with excellent technical legal knowledge and courtroom presentation style. Also a great leader of a multi-barrister and solicitor team. Fantastically hard worker and motivator of other team members.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Patrick Goodall KCFountain Court Chambers ‘He is a calm and efficient commercial silk with a nice turn of phrase and a good sense of humour. Definitely one to go for.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Timothy Howe KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Tim is a true heavyweight; yet he is without airs and graces; hungry for work, incredibly responsive and conscientious. Judges sit up and listen to him.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Andrew Mitchell KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Andrew is extremely personable and has real gravitas both in court and in advice to clients. He is a brilliant choice to put in front of major institutional or ultra high net worth clients as he combines clear and simple presentation of legal concepts with a highly refined sense of commerciality.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Stephen Moriarty KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Stephen has the best mind at the commercial bar. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of all aspects of commercial law, coupled with excellent judgement. His analytical ability allows him to present even the most factually complex matters in a clear and compelling manner.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Stephen Rubin KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Stephen is a very experienced silk possessed of a superb strategic mind. This is balanced by an infectious enthusiasm for the cases and the detail. He is particularly gifted at cutting through vast quantities of information to pull out nuggets and threads which can change a case.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Jeffrey Chapman KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Jeff is extremely bright, offers robust, pragmatic advice and has fantastic instinct and insight on fraud matters. In court he is tenacious and outside he is very witty and client friendly.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Anneliese Day KCFountain Court Chambers ‘A brilliant advocate, with a well-deserved stellar reputation.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Rosalind Phelps KCFountain Court ChambersRos is frighteningly intelligent, a fierce and effective advocate, and the kind of person to whom one does not wish to be opposed.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Patricia Robertson KC – Fountain Court Chambers ‘A super silk. Cuts straight through to the heart of the case, sees all the angles, pitches it beautifully before the Court and is completely on top of the papers. One of the very best at the Bar.’  
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Richard Coleman KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Richard is exceptionally bright, a fearsome advocate who clearly enjoys the intellectual battle of litigation but while remaining mindful of the commercial drivers and very approachable. Solicitors are glad when he is on their side.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Derrick Dale KCFountain Court ChambersDerrick is extremely charming and a great pleasure to work with. He is very proactive and goes the extra mile. He is also very practical and keeps an eye on the commercial realities of the case.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Michael McLaren KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Absolutely first class in conference. He comes across as authoritative and measured and the clients were in awe of his ability to grasp the issues yet distil them to an understandable and manageable level. He is outstanding.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Adam Zellick KCFountain Court Chambers ‘First rate advocate and excellent tactical sense.'
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Richard Lissack KCFountain Court Chambers ‘He delivers exceptionally clear advice in a confident manner that reassures clients. He also has the ear of the Court. His understanding of regulatory, fraud, criminal and civil issues means he has a unique practice.’
    Ranked: Tier 5
    John Taylor KC – Fountain Court Chambers ‘John has an extraordinary command of the law. He is highly intellectual and incisive, but has an easy bedside manner and actively listens to the suggestions and concerns of solicitors and clients alike.’ 
    Ranked: Tier 6
    Ben Valentin KC - Fountain Court Chambers 'Ben is top of the list of any new instruction. It is a pleasure to watch Ben in action in Court - his advocacy skills are unrivaled. He is not afraid of getting stuck into the detail and the drafting. A clear leader, with the ability to drive strategic outcomes, and an absolute delight to work with.'
    Ranked: Tier 6
    Akhil Shah KCFountain Court Chambers ‘He is incredibly calm at all times and his softly spoken manner really helps to cut through and restore order whenever matters are particularly chaotic.'
    Ranked: Tier 6

    2021 Silks

    Laura John KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Laura is outstanding. Very bright, a clear thinker, extremely articulate, user friendly and fantastic with clients. She is superb and her advocacy is excellent - clear and to the point.'

    2022 Silks

    Alexander Milner KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Alex is extremely knowledgeable and is able to provide practical and considered advice supported by a wealth of supporting case law. He is very user-friendly and is go-to counsel for many disputes.’

    Leading Juniors

    Rupert AllenFountain Court Chambers ‘Widely regarded as one of the outstanding commercial juniors of his generation. Has been involved in innumerable high-profile matters.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Simon AtrillFountain Court Chambers ‘Simon is technically excellent and creative. He will think of arguments or avenues of inquiry that other people will miss. His legal drafting is very strong.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Natasha BennettFountain Court Chambers ‘Natasha is incredibly intelligent - she seems to think of the answer before you have thought of the question. Her drafting is also detailed, accurate and powerful.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    James DuffyFountain Court Chambers ‘James has an exceptionally sharp, forensic mind combined with an ability to express himself crisply on paper and in speech.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Alex BardenFountain Court Chambers ‘Razor-sharp mind and a tenacious fighter. You definitely want him on your side.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Daniel Edmonds Fountain Court ChambersBrilliant junior counsel. First rate technical skills and a brilliant brain coupled with an ability to quickly get to the heart of a problem and come up with realistic solutions.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Paul CaseyFountain Court Chambers ‘Paul is super bright. He absorbs the detail rapidly. He is always willing to roll his sleeves up and work as part of the team. His written material is always logical, persuasive and compelling.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Adam Sher  - Fountain Court Chambers 'Fantastic: Super smart, sensible, and easy to work with.' 
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Leonora Sagan  - Fountain Court Chambers 'Razor sharp intellect. Strong command of facts. Capable of producing impressive results under pressure.' 
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Nico Leslie  - Fountain Court Chambers 'Nico is technically strong, responsive and an incredibly hard worker. He always puts the client first.'
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Ranked: Tier 5

    Testimonials

    Set

     ‘Fountain Court is a stellar set of chambers that can offer both very capable juniors and well-respected and highly talented silks, many of which have assisted us in our cases in the past few years.’

     ‘Fountain Court are undoubtedly one of the top sets in the business. Their junior barristers are top notch and the silks are refreshingly down to earth, and practical in their approach to cases.’

     ‘They are my go-to set. Clerking is top notch. Super responsive. Service is impeccable. They have never failed to accommodate any request. Counsel are always available. What sets this set apart from the rest is the consistency of quality of counsel. They are all (bar none) super clever, very approachable, very client friendly and advice is never wrong.’

     ‘Fountain Court remains one of the very top commercial sets in London.’

     ‘Fountain Court Chambers is a tremendous set on every level.  The entire team appears invested in their client’s success and it is a joy to work with them.’

     Clerking

     ‘The Fountain Court clerks are a pleasure to deal with. Alfie Harper is my go-to and never disappoints. Prompt, consistent and considered service, with a real appreciation for the challenges we face as solicitors and client requirements.’

    London Bar > Financial services regulation Tier 1

    The bench strength is phenomenal’ at Fountain Court Chambers which offers ‘everything under one roof: corporate crime, contentious FS regulatory; public law and professional disciplinary work‘. The cross-over with white collar crime, where silks such as Richard Lissack KC are leading market figures, makes it an extremely popular choice. This side of the offering was boosted by the arrival of Robin Lööf, previously a solicitor at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP advising banks and institutions on a range of financial services issues, including cryptoasset launches. Members often work together, as in R (Donegan) v Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited, a dispute arising out of the high-profile collapse of London Capital & Finance, in which Richard Handyside KC, Rebecca Loveridge and Rupert Allen  advised the FSCS. Richard Coleman KC also represented the FCA in the groundbreaking Business Interruption Insurance Test Case, FCA v Arch Insurance (UK) Limited & Others.

    Leading Silks

    Richard Coleman KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Richard is extremely intelligent, thoughtful and easy to work with. He is conscientious and always well prepared. I have always found Richard friendly yet authoritative, and methodical, with great attention to detail.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Richard Handyside KCFountain Court Chambers ‘He knows the financial services industry, and is an excellent choice for any client. He's outstandingly brainy and a terrific advocate.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Bankim Thanki KCFountain Court Chambers ‘His advocacy is excellent - he has a measured, authoritative style. With his many years of eminence and expertise he has the ear of even the most senior Judges.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Richard Lissack KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Richard is a stand out silk in this area and there are very few others that are able to come close to the level of skill, attention and grace he brings to every instruction. Richard is able to offer advice quickly and precisely on even the most complex of matters and offers a degree of strategic oversight and commercial awareness that is difficult to find at the Bar. Richard is extremely impressive on his feet and is able to win over any tribunal with ease.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Andrew Mitchell KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Tough and steely with immense strength of purpose.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Patricia Robertson KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Patricia is incredibly quick-minded in terms of technical detail but also extremely commercial and practical. She is also a great team player and had good people skills. She is a joy to work with.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Timothy Dutton CBE KC – Fountain Court Chambers ‘Tim is one of the most eloquent and knowledgeable advocates around and his knowledge in public and regulatory law is second to none and unrivalled. Nothing is ever too much trouble for Tim in terms of turning work around to very tight deadlines and his ability to think quickly and innovatively on his feet is phenomenal.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Robin Barclay KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Robin is highly approachable and extremely knowledgeable. He can provide clients with immediate assurance even when the circumstances are complicated and uncertain. He is an excellent listener and his drafting is first-class. He is not a fence sitter and will always give you his opinion backed up by sound precedent. An expert in a difficult field.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Timothy Howe KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Very bright. Puts together complex arguments in an attractive package.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Henry King KCFountain Court Chambers ‘He has a very high degree of specialist expertise in the field of enforcement proceedings by public regulatory bodies concerning professional and financial conduct. He would always be on my shortlist of candidates for instruction in a case of this type.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Nicholas Medcroft KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Strong advocate with a firm presence in court - bright and personable.’
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Leading Juniors

    Rupert AllenFountain Court Chambers ‘He provides clear, accurate advice. He drafts with precision and turns work around rapidly.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Eleanor DavisonFountain Court Chambers 'Fantastic, energetic and hugely talented.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Nik YeoFountain Court Chambers ‘Nik is extremely smart and hard-working with a very impressive knowledge of the law across a wide range of areas. He is also a pleasure to work with.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Leonora Sagan  - Fountain Court Chambers 'Leonora is an exceptionally able junior with real knowledge and experience in this field. She is efficient, diligent, invariably right and a pleasure to work with. Her written advocacy is excellent - clear, well structured, measured and persuasive.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Robin Lööf – Fountain Court Chambers ‘Clever, diligent, charming to deal with – a safe (and smooth) pair of hands.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Rebecca LoveridgeFountain Court Chambers ‘Rebecca got up to speed on the detailed factual and procedural background and complex legal issues very quickly. She is technically very strong and details oriented, hardworking and very responsive, and collaborative and pleasant to work with.'
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Testimonials

    Set

     ‘A go-to set for us in financial services, corporate, and commercial disputes. The bench strength is phenomenal, so they can always offer us great counsel options for every case. They never overpromise.’

     ‘The ‘Magic Circle’ of Chambers for corporate crime; everything under one roof: corporate crime, contentious FS regulatory; public law and professional disciplinary work.’

     ‘One of my go-to Chambers – best in class counsel, in terms of quality of advice and service.  They work as part of our team, shaping the strategy from day one, (not as a distant resource to be consulted on difficult issues).’

     ‘Fountain Court is our go to set for banking litigation.

     ‘A go to set for excellent barristers at all levels.’

     Clerking 

    ‘Excellent – they take the time to get to know us and offer a tailored service. Always available. Richard Evans in particular is the first person we call on many of our new cases.’

    London Bar > Fraud: civil Tier 1

    Fountain Court Chambers is ‘really strong across all levels and with a market-leading civil and criminal fraud team‘. The set is noted for its overlapping strengths in key areas such as banking and financial services. Notable mandates include Kuwaiti Public Institution for Social Security v Al Rajaan & Others, a massive fraud claim brought by the Kuwaiti pension fund against its former Director General, Fahad Al-Rajaan, and over 40 defendants, in which Stuart Ritchie KC  is co-leading a team, including Nico Leslie , for the claimants, and Richard Lissack KC is leading several members, including Leonora Sagan , for Man Group, one of the defendants. Rosalind Phelps KC is also representing the defendant in Federal Republic of Nigeria v JP Morgan Chase, a US$870m fraud claim brought by the Nigerian government concerning bank payments used for an allegedly corrupt oil deal dating back to the regime of Sani Abacha.

    Rising stars

    Ian BergsonFountain Court ChambersAn incredible work ethic and attention to detail, a staggering memory and an absolute pleasure to deal with - a real team player.'
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Silks

    Jeffrey Chapman KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Jeff is unflappable and seems to always find a route through the thorniest issues. He is always across the detail and a master tactician. He is an exceptional advocate and clinical in cross-examination.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Stephen Rubin KCFountain Court Chambers ‘As leading counsel in complex, civil fraud claims Stephen is first-rate. He has a huge range of experience acting on some of the largest cases in several jurisdictions and is a joy to work with. He is especially good in cases with cross-jurisdictional elements and at identifying solutions to difficult procedural issues.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Bankim Thanki KCFountain Court Chambers ‘One of, if not, the most respected barristers at the London Bar: no barrister commands the respect of judges, arbitrators and opponents more than him. His attention to detail and ability to run winning cases in complex fraud claims are second to none. He is also a pleasure to work with.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Richard Lissack KCFountain Court Chambers ‘A tenacious advocate who is superb with clients, and utterly charming.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Stuart Ritchie KCFountain Court Chambers ‘A dedicated leader of complex litigation, with sound judgement and mastery of the details.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Timothy Howe KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Extremely diligent and highly persuasive. A pleasure to work with.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Patrick Goodall KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Patrick is a real go-to silk. He is just brilliant. Technically excellent, incredibly responsive and in the detail, and with superb judgement, inspiring total confidence. Strategic and pragmatic. A complete pleasure to work with and a great team player.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Rosalind Phelps KC - Fountain Court Chambers 'Extremely bright and enjoyable to work with. She has the ability to take incredibly complex matters and break them down into simple, digestible key points for both the Court and the client.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Richard Handyside KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Clear thinking, persuasive, often able to prevail on disputed points through intellectual clarity.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ben Valentin KC - Fountain Court Chambers 'Superb legal and strategic intellect. Perhaps one of the best advocates at the English Bar at this moment. Great team player. Always makes himself available and puts teamwork first.'
    Ranked: Tier 4

    2021 Silks

    Laura John KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Laura is outstanding. Very bright, a clear thinker, extremely articulate, user friendly and fantastic with clients. She is superb and her advocacy is excellent - clear and to the point.'

    2022 Silks

    Alexander Milner KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Very clever, drafts beautifully. A pleasure to work with. Excellent cross-examination skills.'

    Leading Juniors

    Simon AtrillFountain Court Chambers ‘Very pleasant and easy to work with, highly intelligent and very measured advocacy. He reads the judge well and knows which points are going to work.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Nico LeslieFountain Court Chambers ‘Nico has a brilliant mind with excellent advocacy skills. He can run rings around advocates far more senior than him. Clients love him not only because he is incredibly clever but because of his empathy and ability to understand their individual predicaments.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Samuel RitchieFountain Court ChambersFantastic brain and a superb advocate, all encased in the most user friendly barrister at the Bar.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Leonora Sagan  - Fountain Court Chambers 'Leonora is able to assemble and assimilate facts with speed and relative ease. Her advocacy style is calm and authoritative. She is excellent under pressure and more than a match for those more senior than her, including silks.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Christopher Langley – Fountain Court ChambersAn extremely strong counsel.
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Testimonials

    Set

     ‘Fountain Court have a pre-eminent position in the banking market, and that naturally feeds into becoming involved in fraud work as banks are increasingly becoming involved – directly or indirectly – in fraud litigation.’

     ‘Fountain Court counsel are consistently excellent – very smart barristers who are also great to work with.’

     ‘Really strong, across all levels and with a market-leading civil/criminal fraud team.’

     ‘Fountain Court are excellent across the board, but particularly on com lit and fraud.’

     ‘Fountain Court Chambers is in my view one of the leading sets in the civil fraud area. I have worked with a number of excellent barristers in this area at different levels of seniority.’

     Clerking

     ‘Alex Taylor is the best clerk in London by a country mile. There is nothing he does not know. He never oversells and always offers frank views on which barristers are suitable and available.’

    Work highlights

      London Bar > Professional negligence Tier 1

      Described as a ‘top go to set’,  members of Fountain Court Chambers are regularly instructed in cases concerning financial, construction and legal professionals. The set have practitioners who are in demand for their commercial litigation and regulatory knowledge, and have been instructed in various significant and high profile claims. Anneliese Day KC is noted as ‘a standout genius‘, acting on some of the biggest and complex professional negligence disputes, including Investors in the Scotts Atlantic Film Finance Scheme v Thornhill KC, with a claim worth £50m, whereby Day acted for over one hundred investors who invested money into a film finance scheme having been allegedly negligently advised by a tax KC. Christopher Knowles  is a name to watch owing to his work defending solicitors.

      Leading Silks

      Timothy Dutton CBE KC – Fountain Court ChambersAcademically very gifted, a peerless advocate and provides very wise counsel in terms of analysis and strategy.' 
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Anneliese Day KCFountain Court ChambersA fantastic leader in a professional negligence case.  Update to date on the law and good at casting a case in the light of developments.  Very focused in her written and oral advocacy.’
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Mark Simpson KC - Fountain Court ChambersMark is the complete package – easy to work with, down to earth, phenomenal in court. A silk at the top of his game.
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Timothy Howe KCFountain Court ChambersVery thorough.  He has the facts at his fingertips and uses them well - Judges appreciate it.'
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Patricia Robertson KCFountain Court ChambersPatricia is incredibly quick-minded in terms of technical detail but also extremely commercial and practical. She is also a great team player and had good people skills. She is excellent to work with.' 
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Bankim Thanki KCFountain Court ChambersI would single out his calm approach, whether in meetings, day-to-day advice or as an advocate.  This calmness carries greater authority than table-banging or cheerleading for the client's benefit.  Within the legal team, calmness at the top - whether dealing with good points or bad points -- filters down.'
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Tamara Oppenheimer KC - Fountain Court ChambersAn extraordinary barrister. She always thinks strategically and is unafraid to make bold and innovative decisions. She delivers eviscerating cross-examination, that gets at the truth and ultimately wins cases.
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Chloe Carpenter KC – Fountain Court ChambersChloe is a very bright barrister, who truly gets into the detail of cases which has proven the crucial element to achieving success.  Chloe is completely on top of the law in the professional negligence world and in particular in the financial services sector.'  
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Derrick Dale KCFountain Court ChambersIncisive and attractive submissions in court - commands the respect of the court.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Ben Lynch KC - Fountain Court ChambersBen is extremely impressive on his feet and in conference. A very good tactician.
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Richard Coleman KCFountain Court ChambersRichard is brilliantly clear and insightful - strategically he knows exactly which direction we need to go in and what hurdles we will need to get over (and how).  He is also tactically excellent in Court, but makes it all appear effortless, always courteous, and completely unflappable under pressure.'  
      Ranked: Tier 4
      James Cutress KCFountain Court ChambersJames is an intelligent and savvy litigator who can deal with anything thrown at him in a calm and tactically clever way.' 
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KCFountain Court ChambersLeigh-Ann is completely unflappable, always charming, and carries the confidence of the client with her. Her preparation is meticulous, and she is robust but diplomatic in handling clients (who are usually very senior barristers).'
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Stephen Moriarty KCFountain Court ChambersStephen's analysis of the relevant legal issues is second to none but he carries his brilliance lightly. He is delightful to work with.'
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Leading Juniors

      Nik YeoFountain Court ChambersNik is extremely smart and hard-working with a very impressive knowledge of the law across a wide range of areas. He is also a pleasure to work with. A great person to have on your team.'
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Nico LeslieFountain Court ChambersNico is very analytical and good at thinking of every possible outcome/argument. He is also very methodical in his approach.  Both of these have been beneficial in his advocacy as it has meant that he is well prepared, able to answer questions quickly and does not get thrown by surprises.' 
      Ranked: Tier 4
      James DuffyFountain Court ChambersHe was pleasant to deal with, and careful, and keen to look at things from a strategic angle.  I think he is good.'
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Christopher KnowlesFountain Court ChambersVery good and always has a novel point or two up his sleeve.'
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Ranked: Tier 6

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘Fountain Court is a go-to set for me for (re)insurance coverage disputes, banking disputes and com lit.’

      Very responsive and easy to work with; intelligent and excellent client handling skills; commercial and impressive work rate.’

      ‘Fountain Court is a really excellent set with quality from top to bottom.  One of the first I go to.  They are able to cover almost any type of commercial dispute.  It was a real coup when they managed to get Richard Lissack to join — probably the best white collar lawyer at the Bar.’

      ‘Impressive knowledge and experience of the regulatory framework of solicitors and how the SRA operates.’

      An excellent reputation for heavy commercial cases.

      Clerking

      ‘The clerking team stands out as one of the most dynamic and friendly teams amongst sets, and can be commercially sensible.’

      London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance Tier 2

      Fountain Court Chambers is ‘a fantastic set for insurance coverage disputes at all levels‘. The set acts in relation to various classes of insurance, including property and business interruption, directors’ and officers’ liability, and product and employer’s liability. Other key areas include political risk, trade credit, professional indemnity, contractors all risk, and warranty and indemnity insurance. David Railton KC routinely acts in some of the market’s largest incidents and losses; and further to her involvement in the COVID-19 lockdown business interruption-related FCA Test Case, Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KC is currently acting in Various Eateries Trading v Allianz, a pandemic-related claim for indemnity under a business interruption policy for losses resulting from the hospitality industry’s closure.

      Rising stars

      Max EvansFountain Court ChambersMax is an outstanding insurance junior. Very strong on the law, writes well, and very nice to work with.
      Ranked: Tier 1

      Leading Silks

      David Railton KCFountain Court Chambers 'Very knowledgeable, practical and presents with gravitas.'
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Stephen Moriarty KCFountain Court ChambersOne of the biggest names at the Bar. Genuinely time to worry if he is your opponent. Outstandingly intelligent even by the standards of the commercial bar, with superb oral and written advocacy skills. Everything a client could want in a senior leader.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KCFountain Court ChambersLeigh-Ann encapsulates everything you want in a barrister – and others would do well to take a leaf from her book. She provides clear, pragmatic advice that guides the reader through the legal principles and strategic considerations, and which offers a practical way forward.  Importantly, she is also responsive and quick to address points arising.  Reassuringly unflappable, Leigh-Ann impresses with her ability to handle challenging clients, field difficult questions, and absorb new information, taking it all in her stride without missing a beat. Highly recommended.
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Anneliese Day KC - Fountain Court ChambersHer ability to formulate compelling written arguments is outstanding, and clients love her down-to- earth and common-sense approach.
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Bankim Thanki KC - Fountain Court ChambersA genuine heavyweight in the market, with significant professional liability insurance experience. Brilliant in court and with clients. Calm and unflappable.
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Ben Lynch KC - Fountain Court ChambersEstablished himself as a leading silk in Covid-19 BI disputes very quickly. His calm and respectful advocacy can disguise a forceful and unassailable line of argumentation that catches opponents unawares, and makes him popular with judges.
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Timothy Howe KCFountain Court ChambersConcise and clear, both in written and oral opinions and in argument before courts and tribunals, commanding the respect of judges and arbitrators. Effective in cross-examination without browbeating witnesses.
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Patrick Goodall KC  – Fountain Court ChambersPatrick is a formidable opponent, who uses his calm and assured forensic intellect to maximum effect.  He is at home in all aspects of insurance and reinsurance work.
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Ranked: Tier 5
      James Cutress KCFountain Court ChambersJames has a first-rate grasp of all the relevant material. He deploys it with precision and determination, and is a skilful advocate.
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Derrick Dale KCFountain Court ChambersGood on his feet, very clever and clients like him.
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Timothy Dutton CBE KC – Fountain Court ChambersAcademically very gifted, a peerless advocate, and provides very wise counsel in terms of analysis and strategy.
      Ranked: Tier 5

      Leading Juniors

      Ranked: Tier 4
      Deborah Horowitz – Fountain Court ChambersA brilliant and highly intelligent junior. Great team player and hugely popular with clients.
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Simon Paul – Fountain Court ChambersAbsolutely first-rate junior – partners completely trust his work and judgement. Wise beyond his years and serious minded, yet with an excellent bedside manner – a superb barrister .
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Christopher KnowlesFountain Court ChambersA brilliant junior. Highly intelligent, incredibly hardworking, and superb drafting and advice. Wise beyond his years.
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Testimonials

      Set

      Chambers is very strong and with real depth and quality.

      Fountain Court stands heads and shoulders above its competitors in terms of the quality of its barristers.

      Fantastic set for insurance coverage disputes at all levels, and works well as a team.  Very collaborative on business development and training opportunities, including internationally via its Singapore outpost.

      Outstanding set for insurance work.

      A very good set, with good silks and good juniors.

      Clerking

      The clerks are efficient and effective.

      London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 2

      Considered a ‘stand out set in solicitors’ professional regulation‘ the set at Fountain Court Chambers  has a ‘strong offering at all levels‘. Richard Coleman KC, who is considered ‘excellent all round‘, led Philip Ahlquist, standing before the Supreme Court in Harcus Sinclair LLP v Your Lawyers Limited, a dispute concerning the enforcement of solicitors’ undertakings in connection with group actions concerning the “dieselgate” emissions scandal. In Financial Reporting Council v C.A. Humphreys, Michael McLaren KC advised the former CFO of Conviviality plc – the insolvent former owner of Bargain Booze – in connection with an investigation by the FRC for alleged misconduct. In addition, Chloe Carpenter KC went up against Marianne Butler in SRA v Mishcon de Reya, focusing on allegations made against the firm by the SRA. In addition, Patricia Robertson KC was appointed to the Astana International Financial Centre Advisory Panel to advise on legal services regulation.

      Leading Silks

      Timothy Dutton CBE KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Still the preeminent silk for solicitors’ professional regulatory work. Incredibly experienced, with excellent judgment on the really difficult calls. Great in a crisis and always keeps a cool head. Excellent with clients. A persuasive advocate whose cross-examination is very effective. Commands the respect of the Court.’    
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Richard Coleman KCFountain Court ChambersExcellent all round - strategy, drafting and advocacy. Very effective at cross-examination. Pleasant and responsive. Stand out performer in solicitor professional discipline work and his experience of both prosecuting and defending some of the biggest cases is a real advantage.'
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Michael McLaren KCFountain Court ChambersClearly technically sharp and willing to put forward robust arguments. He works as part of a team to deliver a strong outcome for the client and secures great results. Contactable and amenable.
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Mark Simpson KCFountain Court ChambersPowerful advocate, goes the extra mile for his clients. Fabulous judgement.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Nicholas Medcroft KCFountain Court Chambers 'Nick is a class operator. He has great attention to detail, is client friendly and really knows his stuff. Further, his advocacy is very good - measured and perfectly pitched to the mood of the tribunal.'
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Chloe Carpenter KCFountain Court ChambersChloe's advocacy is excellent. Her cross-examination is very strong, because she prepares thoroughly and has good judgment as to which points to take. Her submissions are very clear and she deals with pressure - including from the tribunal - very well.'
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Edward Levey KCFountain Court ChambersA very robust, forceful and persuasive advocate. Excellent on his feet.'
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Leading Juniors

      Marianne ButlerFountain Court ChambersExcellent analytical skills, drafting skills and oral advocacy. Marianne is a pleasure to work with and fosters a strong sense of teamwork between solicitors and counsel.
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Tetyana NesterchukFountain Court ChambersShe works very hard, prepares thoroughly, knows the law and is always on top of her subject.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Rupert Allen – Fountain Court ChambersHe provides clear, accurate advice. He drafts with precision and turns work around rapidly.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Philip Ahlquist – Fountain Court Chambers 'Of outstanding intelligence, researches thoroughly and has enormous knowledge of the field. His written work is superb. He expresses himself in both written and oral advocacy with great economy.'
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Testimonials

      Set

      Excellent for solicitors’ professional regulation.

      Fountain Court has a number of impressive barristers specialising in solicitors disciplinary and regulatory work. Their knowledge of the case law, their ability to apply that to the facts of a case and their careful attention to the factual detail of cases, are particular strengths of all the counsel in Fountain Court who work in this area of law.

      Stand out set in solicitors’ professional regulation. Strong offering at all levels, including a number of experienced senior juniors who are able to act as sole counsel.

      The set has unparalleled strength in depth in professional disciplinary (audit and accountancy) work.

      Outstanding. Fountain Court provides excellence not just in regulatory and disciplinary law but in the fields to which the regulation relates.’

      Clerking

      Pleasant and friendly.

      London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 2

      Fountain Court Chambers acts for regulators, such as the CAA, and the regulated, such as airlines and tour operators. This year they have been increasingly providing advice around topics including flight delays, cancellations, regulatory issues and Brexit-related issues among others. Akhil Shah KC has been instructed by the liquidators of Thomas Cook Airlines to assist in securing its slots at Gatwick, Manchester and other leading airports in an expedited judicial review application brought by Manchester Airport against the Civil Aviation Authority and Thomas Cook - the matter settled.

      Leading Silks

      Rosalind Phelps KCFountain Court ChambersOutstanding in all respects, Really responsive and gets to grips with the detail of a case from the outset. A very impressive operator whom clients really like.’ 
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Akhil Shah KCFountain Court ChambersAkhil is a great team player. He has an understated style but is a good strategic thinker.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Bankim Thanki KCFountain Court Chambers ‘One of only a small number of the very top commercial silks with real expertise and experience in the aviation field. Intellectually, he stands out from the rest of the field; and his oral and written advocacy are equally outstanding.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Tamara Oppenheimer KCFountain Court Chambers 'Knowledgeable, thoughtful, practical and persuasive in equal measure.’
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Testimonials

      Set 

      ‘The bench strength is fantastic, with top Silks, top senior juniors and all the juniors are excellent – there are no duds at all.’

      ‘Fountain are a leading set for aviation and travel work.’

      Clerking 

      ‘The clerks are brilliant and the service excellent, really pro-active and fast response times, Sian Huckett is a stand out.’

      London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 3

      Fountain Court Chambers has a strong focus on commercial and regulatory crime work, with members routinely acting for major corporates, financial institutions, and professional services firms, both domestic and international in high-profile and complex proceedings. Richard Lissack KC has represented high-profile corporate and individual clients in a wide range of cases, with standout expertise in financial services matters relating to rate-rigging and transactional fraud, and is currently acting for a number of major financial institutions in ongoing, precedent-setting proceedings in the capital markets space. ‘An expert in a difficult field‘, Robin Barclay KC continues to establish his silk practice in global commercial fraud, and is representing Terra in Terra Services Ltd v NCA, a high-profile investigation of the property company linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska in connection with the Mueller Investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Eleanor Davison acts on both sides of cross-border financial crime investigations, and is a go-to for UK financial authorities in cases alleging criminal money laundering and insider dealing, alongside regularly defending banks and other financial institutions facing similar allegations.

      Leading Silks

      Richard Lissack KCFountain Court ChambersBest in his field. Formidable advocate and KC. No equal in his field. Always adds value. Fantastic with instructing solicitors and clients alike.
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Nicholas Medcroft KCFountain Court ChambersA strong advocate with a firm presence in court. Bright and personable.
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Clare Sibson KCFountain Court Chambers  ‘Clare is incredibly bright. She is able to absorb a plethora of facts and hone into the relevant and key case-changing issues quickly. Her key strength is presenting a case to a Court in simple, clear terms; she cuts through noise and gets to the point. A brilliant mind and a fantastic strategist.
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Robin Barclay KCFountain Court ChambersRobin is a very good lawyer and litigation specialist. He understands the system and how it works. He can predict where the law will likely develop.
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Tamara Oppenheimer KCFountain Court ChambersTamara is faultless as a barrister. Tamara has great integrity, her analysis is impeccable and she also brings great commerciality to the table. She has excellent judgement about how the court will view and approach issues and is a persuasive and compelling advocate.
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Leading Juniors

      Eleanor DavisonFountain Court Chambers 'A very hard working and bright advocate. She is excellent to work with, combing an engaging manner with keen focus on her clients interests; this ensures excellent results for her clients.'
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Simon Paul  - Fountain Court Chambers 'Simon is an extraordinary barrister, wise beyond his years, with an unerring commitment to his cases. He seems to have an infinite capacity to produce flawless work and inspires the confidence of his leaders and clients. He will go far.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Leonora SaganFountain Court ChambersLeonora is an exceptional advocate, both in terms of her written and oral advocacy. On her feet she is measured and authoritative and is able to instantly establish an excellent rapport with a judge. She has an excellent eye for detail, is extremely hard working and knows her subject matter inside out.
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Testimonials

      Set

      Fountain Court Chambers are the crème de la crème for providing expertise in commercial crime. Richard Lissack KC offers the safest pair of hands for any commercial crime matter. He and Leonora Sagan were always available when needed and were able to accommodate conference calls with very little notice – something that was very important in a fast-moving case. Richard Lissack despite his seniority in this area is always keen to hear and consider the views of every member of the team – a marker of a truly excellent lawyer. It is clear he takes the time to mentor junior members of the team. Their client care skills were second to none – providing reasoned reassurance to the client through the most difficult times of his life.

      Fountain Court is developing a serious and impressive reputation in Business and regulatory crime with impressive silk and junior offerings.

      Fountain Court are consistently excellent to work with, they are responsive, professional and accommodating at all times, and will always be able to recommend alternative counsel if necessary. The depth of experience and variety of specialisms are second to none.

      Strong business crime offering with a variety of levels of experience.

      Clerking

      I had frequent contact with the clerks throughout the course of the case. My main point of contact was Luke Diebelius who is deft at juggling a number of diaries and responding swiftly.

      The clerking team are always a pleasure to deal with. I would give special mention to Luke Diebelius, Chloe Gibbs and Jake Hubbard who have always made themselves available – even on short notice and outside of business hours – and deal with all aspects of their role with grace, good humor and professionalism.

      London Bar > International arbitration: counsel Tier 3

      Fountain Court Chambers is one of the London Bar’s leading commercial sets packed with ‘clever and user-friendly‘ silks and juniors. The set is building an impressive reputation for international arbitration, further strengthened by the 2021 recruitment of Matthew Gearing KC, who jointly headed Allen & Overy’s renowned international arbitration group for a decade. At the senior end, Anneliese Day KC  has also become a leading figure in the market and represented a Trinidadian state-owned entity in NIDCO v OAS, a long-running dispute with a Brazilian contractor concerning the termination of a roadbuilding contract. Newly appointed silk, Alexander Milner KC regularly acts as sole counsel, as was the case in Tatarstan v Ukraine, in he represented Ukraine in the Court of Appeal enforcement of a US$100m award.

      Leading Silks

      Anneliese Day KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Her ability to formulate compelling written arguments is outstanding, and clients love her down to earth and common sense approach.'
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Bankim Thanki KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Bankim is a standout silk, who has an excellent broad practice and that includes leading high value and high profile arbitration work - he is a real superstar of the Bar.’
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Timothy Howe KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Thorough, clear, timely written submissions. Good presentation. Determined advocacy but flexible and able to adapt. Clear headed and reasonable.'
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Stephen Moriarty KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Stephen is crystal clear in his advocacy. Sharp and to the point.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Akhil Shah KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Akhil is calmness personified. A quietly persuasive advocate with huge experience in the field.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      David Railton KCFountain Court ChambersVery knowledgeable, practical and presents with gravitas.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Matthew Gearing KC - Fountain Court Chambers 'Enthusiastic and efficient and brings wide knowledge from his international experience.'
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Ben Valentin KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Extremely responsive, robust, user-friendly and charming (both in person and as an advocate) - an all-round pleasure to have on a team.’
      Ranked: Tier 4

      2022 Silks

      Alexander Milner KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Fantastically bright and all over foreign law. Commercial and charming.'

      Testimonials

      Set

       ‘Fountain Court is a leading commercial set.  Its barristers are clever and user-friendly.’

       Clerking 

      ‘Fountain Court is generally reckoned to be the leading aviation set.’

      London Bar > Product liability Tier 3

      Fountain Court Chambers has a wide range of expertise across different levels of seniority. In particular, the set has experience with large pharmaceuticals, consumer product group actions and complex claims in the insurance and aviation sectors; the latter is an area of focus for Akhil Shah KC. Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KC is regularly instructed by the government and has a wide range of advocacy and appeal experience.

      Leading Silks

      Ranked: Tier 1
      Akhil Shah KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Akhil is well-prepared, well-learned, and effective advocate.  He possesses a breadth of knowledge across a wide scope of law.’
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

      London Bar > Construction

      Rising stars

      Max Kasriel Fountain Court Chambers 'Max has a first-rate intellect that sets him apart. On his feet, he is a precise and relentless advocate who is able to communicate sophisticated arguments to the court in a way that they can clearly be understood.'
      Ranked: Tier 1

      Leading Silks

      Anneliese Day KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Anneliese is one of the undoubted leaders in her field. She is a superb cross-examiner with meticulous attention to detail. She is someone you want leading the team on difficult cases where the evidence will make a difference.’
      Ranked: Tier 1

      London Bar > Energy

      Rising stars

      Max KasrielFountain Court Chambers ‘He is incredibly bright and gets on top of the issues extremely quickly, and his writing is brilliant.’
      Ranked: Tier 1

      Leading Silks

      Anneliese Day KCFountain Court Chambers ‘She is incredibly user-friendly and clients love her because she inspires confidence and has amazing advocacy skills.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Timothy Howe KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Extremely diligent and highly persuasive, he is a pleasure to work with.’
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > Telecoms Regulation

      London Bar > Group litigation

      Leading Silks

      Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Leigh-Ann leads her teams in the most complex multi-party actions with enviable clarity, strategy and excellent communication skills.’
      Ranked: Tier 1

      London Bar > Employment

      Leading Silks

      Paul Gott KC - Fountain Court ChambersIncredibly bright and hardworking, and completely committed to securing the best outcome for his client. Always innovative and creative in identifying new approaches or angles.
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Stuart Ritchie KC - Fountain Court ChambersStuart is exceptional. One of the (if not the) most gifted oral advocates at the Bar - he is also razor sharp, dedicated, and an absolute pleasure to work with.
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Ranked: Tier 4

      London Bar > Health and safety

      London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

      Leading Silks

      Ranked: Tier 3
      Chloe Carpenter KCFountain Court Chambers 'Chloe is able to quickly assess the best strategy for the case, and then drives it forward for the client to the best effect. She is extremely helpful to her instructing solicitor and great with clients.'
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Richard Lissack KCFountain Court ChambersExtremely responsive, and highly attuned to client needs. Clients will take him as the last word on any nuanced issue – his judgement is impeccable.
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Leading Juniors

      Jacob Turner Fountain Court Chambers 'Jacob works quickly and efficiently, and to an exceptional standard. His advocacy skills are excellent.'
      Ranked: Tier 4

      London Bar > Competition

      London Bar > Fraud: crime

      Leading Silks

      Clare Sibson KC  – Fountain Court Chambers  ‘Clare has a brilliant mind and is a fantastic strategist. She is able to absorb a plethora of facts and hone into the key case-changing issues quickly.’
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

      Leading Silks

      Nicholas Medcroft KCFountain Court ChambersVery knowledgeable in a niche but difficult area of law, nice person and efficient/gets it done on time.'
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > Company

      Leading Silks

      Bridget Lucas KCFountain Court Chambers 'Incredibly thorough and meticulous!'
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Ben Valentin KCFountain Court Chambers 'Very clear advice - brilliant analysis which is always to the point.'
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Stuart Ritchie KCFountain Court Chambers 'Stuart is exceptionally able, even by the standards of heavyweight company-law barristers.'
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Leading Juniors

      Alex Barden - Fountain Court Chambers 'Razor-sharp mind and a tenacious fighter. You definitely want him on your side.'
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > IT and telecoms (infrastructure and contracts)

      Leading Juniors

      Ranked: Tier 2
      Jacob TurnerFountain Court ChambersExcellent technical skills. Strong commercial acumen. Very responsive and hard working.'
      Ranked: Tier 2

      London Bar > Insolvency

      Leading Silks

      Bridget Lucas KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Bridget is a real star. She is sensible, commercial and innovative.’
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Ben Valentin KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Superb legal and strategic intellect. Perhaps one of the best advocates at the English Bar at this moment.’
      Ranked: Tier 5

      Leading Juniors

      Alex BardenFountain Court Chambers 'Excellent advocate. Tactically astute and a tough opponent.'
      Ranked: Tier 2

      Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

      Noted as ‘fast and efficient‘, Fountain Court Chambers has ‘incredible range and quality across the entire team‘. It has a strong annexe in Singapore, a jurisdiction which it has connections spanning decades,  led by Andrew Pullen. Other London-based key names include Stephen Moriarty QC, who has a breadth of experience in the Singapore International Commercial Court and SIAC arbitrations, and Timothy Howe QC who counts shareholder and M&A disputes among his areas of expertise.  Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC has specialist expertise in insurance, contractual and IT disputes, while Anneliese Day QC splits her time between commercial and construction matters. The set continues to strengthen its Asian coverage with the addition of Hong Kong-based Matthew Gearing QC (who is also qualified as a solicitor-advocate in the SAR) who joined from Allen & Overy in 2021.

      Leading Silks

      Timothy Howe QCFountain Court Chambers ‘He is the fountain of knowledge when it comes to the law, particularly on arbitration matters. Extremely bright and very easy to work with, and a fantastic advocate.’
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Stephen Moriarty QCFountain Court ChambersHe knows the record thoroughly and picks up points that others miss. He’s very intelligent and is excellent with the law.
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QCFountain Court ChambersShe has the ability to distill the issues succinctly and lay out the options for the client.
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Anneliese Day QCFountain Court ChambersShe is a true star of the Bar and a first class arbitrator to boot. Academically brilliant, commercially savvy, impeccably fair, tough as teak when required and a delight to sit with as an arbitrator.
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Bankim Thanki QCFountain Court ChambersHe is extremely user-friendly and has a knack for cutting straight to the heart of knotty issues.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Matthew Gearing QCFountain Court Chambers He is one of the standout advocates of his generation with a razor-sharp mind, immense work ethic and a good sense of humour along with it.
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Leading Juniors

      Andrew PullenFountain Court ChambersHe is incredibly thorough in his advice and handles complex novel issues with great dexterity.’
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Darius ChanFountain Court ChambersHe is is extremely intelligent and deeply knowledgeable and, as counsel, is prescient in anticipating what opponents might serve up and provides a clear strategy for the road ahead.
      Ranked: Tier 2

      Testimonials

      Set

      Fountain Court is top tier for banking and financial services. Anneliese brings something special to a terrific set.

      Fountain Court is excellent across many practices.

      The Chambers are popular in Asia, because they constantly reach out to this part of the world.’

      Fountain Court is one of the very strongest commercial chambers in London, without question. They have incredible range and quality across the entire team. I have been very impressed with everyone I have worked with there over the years and they are just world class in every way.’

      Clerking

      The clerks room works like clockwork, and is led by Alex Taylor who is one of best senior clerks around.

      Alex Taylor is extremely user-friendly and responsive.

      Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Construction, energy and infrastructure Tier 2

      Fountain Court Chambers’ construction, energy and infrastructure practice continues to grow, following the arrival of Anneliese Day QC, who has an established reputation for acting as both advocate and arbitrator in ultra-high value disputes, particularly in Singapore and Australia. Andrew Pullen is also a key member and is instructed on a range of construction and energy matters, primarily arbitrations seated in Singapore, where he is based.

      Leading Silks

      Anneliese Day QCFountain Court Chambers 'A construction specialist with strong technical knowledge of the sector and incisive understanding of key issues.
      Ranked: Tier 1

      The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore Tier 2

      Fountain Court Chambers is a well respected commercial set offering offshore expertise in areas such as banking and finance, commercial litigation, company law and civil fraud. Members of chambers are regularly instructed by leading firms for cases in the Caribbean. One highlight case is Sonera v Cukurova Telecom/Alfa Telecom, a matter before the British Virgin Islands courts, in which Bankim Thanki KC appeared in breach of contract in a claim against a Russian entity arising over a dispute over the ownership of a substantial European mobile telephone network. Ben Valentin KC has an extensive offshore practice in both the BVI and Cayman Islands, and turning to the set's juniors Nico Leslie is a notable junior for his involvement in large and high profile offshore disputes in recent years, with recent work in jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands.

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘A set of consistent high quality across a broad range of disciplines.’

      ‘Excellent service and impressive level of expertise.’ 

      ‘I am very familiar with several members of the set at both the level of silk, and senior juniors. They have great bench strength, coupled with diverse styles of advocacy, but they each have in common comprehensive understanding of the areas of law, enthusiastic and energetic advocacy and a sense of humor with first class client care.’

      ‘Excellent chambers. Commercial, responsive, helpful and willing to go the extra mile.’

      ‘Fountain Court is very well known a superb, highly experienced commercial set.’

      Clerking

      ‘Alex Taylor has huge experience.  He is a man of integrity who I would trust to help me build the right, high-quality team of barristers on a case.’

      Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

      Leading silks

      Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court Chambers  'Anneliese is truly excellent to work with. She seems to be able to manage to combine being incredibly intelligent and a brilliant advocate cutting through to the key issues whilst also developing strong client relationships and being approachable and fun.'
      Ranked: Tier 1
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      Timothy Howe photo Timothy HoweSpecialising in commercial litigation and arbitration (domestic and international) with particular expertise…
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      Max Kasriel photo Max KasrielBarrister specialising in commercial litigation, international arbitration, banking and finance, civil fraud,…
      Henry King photo Henry KingGeneral commercial litigation and arbitration practice, with a particular emphasis on banking…
      Christopher Knowles photo Christopher KnowlesChristopher specialises in insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, commercial litigation, civil fraud,…
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      Christopher Langley photo Christopher LangleyPursues a broad commercial and civil practice (including aviation, banking and financial…
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      Richard Lissack photo Richard LissackRichard is a recognised and renowned leading KC practising in the UK,…
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      Michael McLaren photoThe Hon Michael McLarenMichael McLaren KC is widely experienced in all areas of commercial litigation,…
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      Paul Sinclair photo Paul SinclairPaul specialises in complex Commercial and Chancery disputes in particular in cases…
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      John Taylor photo John TaylorJohn Taylor KC has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice, including…
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      CLIENT: UK Law firm
      COMPANY/FIRM: A brand-focused boutique litigation firm working across intellectual property and sports matters
      TESTIMONIAL: Fountain Court’s clerks are great. They offer our litigation team as much support as is possible. For example, we have regular relationship meetings to ensure that we are happy with every aspect of their service, they offer secondees and their events and seminars are topical and helpful. We also find that their advice on costs invaluable. Fountain Court is one of our Chambers of choice.


      CLIENT: International Law firm
      TESTIMONIAL: I have instructed members of Fountain Court since 1979. It is not for sentimental reasons that I have kept going back to them, year in and year out. They simply do not let their standards slip.


      CLIENT: International law firm
      TESTIMONIAL: From my experience of instructing members this year, I can say the following. They “get it” that modern commercial litigation is a team game, with clients, solicitors, experts and barristers all playing their part. They are good team players, easy to deal with, no airs and graces. They understand the time pressures that are generated by heavy commercial cases. They turn things around quickly. Their paperwork is exceptionally good – the typical Fountain Court product is a model of concision and precision, but always accessible – easily readable even for the non-cognoscenti. And their advocacy is outstanding.


      CLIENT: International Law firm
      TESTIMONIAL: The clerking has always been of the highest calibre. Alex and Paul are a pleasure to deal with. You can talk business with them. They understand the cost pressures on clients and solicitors – and they also go out of their way to deal with unexpected demands thrown up (inevitably) by big cases. The junior clerks win plaudits too from my team.


      CLIENT: Offshore Law firm
      TESTIMONIAL: I have always found Fountain Court to be very strong on the commercials and on the people skills so they are my ‘go to’ set for cases with difficult people dynamics. Their fees are in keeping with what one would expect and, more to the point, worth every penny.


      CLIENT: Global Law firm
      TESTIMONIAL: I have had a relationship with Fountain Court that stretches back over 30 years. Our area of practise is mainly but not exclusively Banking Litigation and contentious Regulatory. Their expertise on the Banking litigation side is unrivalled at the bar.


      PRO BONO

      We have a longstanding and proud commitment to pro bono work.

      Advocate

      Former member of Fountain Court Lord Goldsmith QC established the Bar Pro Bono Unit (now, Advocate), which enables access to justice through providing barristers’ services on a pro bono basis.

      We continue to support Advocate’s work in various financial and non-financial means. Fountain Court is a Gold Patron of Advocate and many of our barristers also provide financial support to the charity on an individual basis. Fountain Court is also an enthusiastic participant in the London Legal Walk, a fundraising event arranged by Advocate on behalf of free legal advice agencies in London.

      Our barristers also provide legal advice and assistance on a pro bono basis through Advocate. More senior members support its work as case reviewers, and Philip Brook Smith QC is a trustee of Advocate and a member of its management committee.

      Other pro bono work

      First year tenants provide free legal advice in the Bethnal Green Advice Centre on a weekly basis, as part of Fountain Court’s ongoing commitment to the centre.

      Chambers also participates in Pro Bono Connect, a scheme that maintains a network of chambers and firms of solicitors willing to work together on pro bono cases. Through this scheme, Fountain Court barristers have been instructed by law firms on a pro bono basis to provide a joined-up approach to the provision of pro bono legal services.

      Our barristers also participate in a number of the pro bono schemes operated within the RCJ, including:

      • The Queen’s Bench Division Interim Applications Court Pro Bono Advocacy Scheme.
      • The Chancery Litigants in Person Scheme.

      The Commercial Court and London Circuit Commercial Court Pro Bono Scheme.

       

      Countries of expertise include:

      AlbaniaDenmarkKazakhstanSouth Africa
      ArgentinaDubaiKenyaSpain
      AustraliaEgyptLiechtensteinSt Kitts & Nevis
      AzerbaijanFranceLuxembourgSweden
      BahamasGermanyMalaysiaSwitzerland
      BermudaGibraltarMaldivesTajikistan
      British Virgin IslandsGuernseyMauritiusTrinidad and Tobago
      CanadaHong KongNew ZealandTurks & Caicos
      Cayman IslandsIndiaNigeriaUganda
      ChileIsle of ManNorwayUkraine
      ColumbiaItalyRussiaUSA
      CyprusJerseySingapore 

       


      Equality and Diversity

      Fountain Court is committed to Equality and Diversity in all aspects of our business.

      We strive to recruit and retain talented individuals from all walks of life and frequently review our policies in order to adopt best practice and to reduce the risk of unconscious bias. We regard it as essential to our standing as a leading commercial set of chambers that we should seek to excel in this regard, as in the rest of our business.

      We believe in and promote equal and fair treatment for all. We recognise that the obligation not to discriminate against clients, members, pupils or staff on grounds of gender, gender re-assignment, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), sexual orientation, age, disability, marriage and civil partnership or religion or belief is a fundamental obligation and not simply because it is imposed on us by legislation and the Bar Code of Conduct. We seek to go further and to identify and seek to address structural issues which might lead to individuals from any of these groups being underrepresented within Fountain Court Chambers or at the commercial Bar as a whole.

      Mentoring for Underrepresented Groups: A scheme run by Commercial Barristers’ Chambers

      We are proud to have joined with five other commercial sets to create a mentoring scheme to support and encourage individuals from all underrepresented groups to pursue a career as a barrister.

      Bridging the Bar: Mini-Pupillage Programme

      We are also seeking to enhance diversity at the commercial bar by supporting and participating in Bridging the Bar, an initiative through which candidates from underrepresented groups are able to apply for mini-pupillages in chambers.

      Combar Scholarship Scheme

      Chambers also participates in the Combar Scholarship scheme which seeks to promote social mobility and encourage a wider range of candidates to consider a career at the commercial bar.

      Fountain Court also regularly partners with universities in equality and diversity initiatives aimed at students: for example sponsoring and participating in the 2020 ‘Diversity at the Bar’ panel discussion held by Bristol University Bar Society and sponsoring events with King’s Women in Law (of King’s College, London).

      Equal Opportunities in Recruitment

      We are committed to achieving equality of opportunity in all aspects of our recruitment.

      We use published and objective selection criteria in recruiting staff, pupils and tenants and we ensure that all those involved in recruitment have recent equality and diversity training.

      We assess applications for mini-pupillage, pupillage and tenancy on merit, but particularly encourage applications from individuals within groups currently underrepresented at the commercial Bar. We actively seek to identify and eliminate unconscious bias through the use of specialist training and techniques such as blind reviews of application forms and assessed work.

      Equal Opportunities in Work Allocation

      We take seriously our obligation to ensure fairness in allocation of work opportunities as between practising barristers and we are continually seeking to improve and enhance our monitoring and analysis of work opportunities for barristers in chambers.

      Gender Equality

      We are committed to increasing the representation of women at Fountain Court and at the commercial Bar generally. To this end, we are working with the other leading commercial sets on a recruitment initiative aimed at encouraging women to apply for pupillage at the commercial Bar. The initiative has already seen two successful events at universities with speaker panels including female members of Fountain Court.  Further events are planned in the near future.

      In January 2020, Fountain Court sponsored a reception held at Middle Temple to celebrate the centenary of women being able to enter the legal profession for the first time. We are also actively partnering with university societies to help promote the commercial Bar as a potential career option for women, including sponsoring and participating in the ‘Diversity at the Bar’ panel discussion to be held by Bristol University Bar Society and sponsoring events with King’s Women in Law (of King’s College, London).

      We also recognise the importance of retaining female members and have sought to implement policies to ensure that Fountain Court supports female members as they progress through their careers. We are proud that two of our silk appointments for 2020 were women, and our single QC appointment in 2021 was also female. We are also delighted that our successes in this respect were recognised in The Legal 500 2021, where Fountain Court was described as being “commended for having ‘done a huge amount in recent years to promote and recruit women, making them one of the most gender-diverse sets at the commercial bar’.”

      LGBTQ+ Equality

      Fountain Court welcomes LGBTQ+ applicants and is proud to have a number of LGBT+ members.

      Race Equality

      Fountain Court is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity and treatment for all applicants, regardless of race or ethnicity. We are proud to be a racially diverse set of chambers at all levels of seniority.

      However we also recognise that Chambers and the commercial Bar more generally would benefit from greater diversity. To this end Fountain Court Chambers is participating in a number of initiatives specifically designed to help widen the pool of potential applicants and to encourage those from more diverse backgrounds to consider the commercial bar as a career. As set out above, this includes participating in the mini-pupillage programme developed by Bridging the Bar, and the commercial sets’ mentoring scheme, both of which provide specific mentoring and mini-pupillage opportunities to underrepresented groups.

      Disability and Accessibility

      At Fountain Court, we are committed to ensuring that talented applicants, and our members and staff, are able to succeed and we believe that disability should not be a barrier to that success.

      We have taken steps to ensure that where possible our facilities are accessible and that our working practices accommodate disabled members. Our members include a number of individuals with disabilities, including wheelchair users who can work from chambers as a result of the adaptations and improvements we have been able to make to our grade II listed historic buildings.

      Any specific requests for reasonable adjustments to assist disabled applicants, members, employees or clients which we  may not reasonably be able to foresee, should be made to our Head of Administration, Julie Parker.

      Social Mobility

      We are conscious of long-held perceptions of the commercial Bar as being only for those from affluent or privileged backgrounds. We are striving to change those perceptions and to address any structural issues which may be discouraging individuals from less privileged backgrounds from considering the Bar as a career. We encourage talented individuals from any walk of life to apply for a mini-pupillage in order to experience first-hand what life at Fountain Court is like. The backgrounds of our members shows that there is no single route to the Bar, and a significant proportion of them were educated at state schools. We support and participate in a number of initiatives which seek to address social mobility issues, including:

      • A targeted mentoring scheme with other leading commercial sets.
      • Bridging the Bar.
      • The Combar scholarship.
      • The Pathways to Law scheme run by Oxford University, through which students who take part in that scheme are able to spend time with members of Fountain Court.
      • Work experience programmes with a number of inner London schools, where participating students gain experience of clerking and, from time to time, shadow members of chambers at court.

      In addition, individual members of chambers frequently deliver talks to state schools in less affluent areas, with a view to promoting a career at the Bar.

      Giving back to the community

      Fountain Court Chambers recognises a wider social responsibly, which it takes very seriously. Members and staff participate in a number of initiatives that reinforce chambers’ commitment to act in a socially responsible manner.

      Access to the Bar

      We participate in a number of initiatives that promote the furtherance of equality and diversity in the legal profession and which are designed to encourage diverse access to the Bar.

      Pathways to Law

      We have close links to the Pathways to Law scheme, which supports academically able students from non-privileged backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a career in law. The project offers placements to students to enable them to gain an insight into the life of chambers and the work of its barristers.  It is part of a nationwide scheme developed by The Sutton Trust and The Legal Education Foundation.

      Mentoring for Underrepresented Groups: A Scheme Run by Commercial Barristers’ Chambers

      Fountain Court is also a founding member of the mentoring scheme established by the Commercial Bar to support and encourage individuals from groups which are underrepresented at the Bar of England and Wales (and in particular the commercial bar) to pursue careers as barristers. The scheme is called Mentoring for Underrepresented Groups: a scheme run by Commercial Barristers’ Chambers and is open to undergraduates and graduates from groups that are underrepresented at the Bar of England and Wales including women, people from minority ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities, LGBT+ people, people who have spent time in care and people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

      Bridging the Bar: Mini-Pupillage Programme

      We are also seeking to enhance diversity at the commercial bar by supporting and participating in Bridging the Bar, an initiative through which candidates from underrepresented groups are able to apply for mini-pupillages in chambers.

      Work experience

      We also offer work experience placements to students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds in partnership with a school in Deptford, an initiative established with the support of the Stephen Lawrence Trust.

      PRO BONO

      We have a longstanding and proud commitment to pro bono work.

      Advocate

      Former member of Fountain Court Lord Goldsmith QC established the Bar Pro Bono Unit (now, Advocate), which enables access to justice through providing barristers’ services on a pro bono basis.

      We continue to support Advocate’s work in various financial and non-financial means. Fountain Court is a Gold Patron of Advocate and many of our barristers also provide financial support to the charity on an individual basis. Fountain Court is also an enthusiastic participant in the London Legal Walk, a fundraising event arranged by Advocate on behalf of free legal advice agencies in London.

      Our barristers also provide legal advice and assistance on a pro bono basis through Advocate. More senior members support its work as case reviewers, and Philip Brook Smith QC is a trustee of Advocate and a member of its management committee.

      Other pro bono work

      First year tenants provide free legal advice in the Bethnal Green Advice Centre on a weekly basis, as part of Fountain Court’s ongoing commitment to the centre.

      Chambers also participates in Pro Bono Connect, a scheme that maintains a network of chambers and firms of solicitors willing to work together on pro bono cases. Through this scheme, Fountain Court barristers have been instructed by law firms on a pro bono basis to provide a joined-up approach to the provision of pro bono legal services.

      Our barristers also participate in a number of the pro bono schemes operated within the RCJ, including:

      · The Queen’s Bench Division Interim Applications Court Pro Bono Advocacy Scheme.

      · The Chancery Litigants in Person Scheme.

      · The Commercial Court and London Circuit Commercial Court Pro Bono Scheme.